Reading Roundup: Mystery Book Club Discusses Sandrine’s Case
The Mystery Book Club (Warrenton ) recent to discuss Sandrine’s Case by Thomas Cook. Although this Edgar Award Nominee for 2014 received great reviews, the Mystery Book Club had other opinions. While they agreed that it was indeed well written, they did not think of it as a mystery, but rather a case study of Sam, the character whose trial we follow throughout the book. Accused of killing his wife Sandrine, this book tells the story of how Sam used to be through Sandrine’s eyes and how she would like to help him return to his former self. Sandrine is diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrigs disease, and does not feel that Sam is in a position to care for her fragile health. Therefore her death becomes a suspected murder by her husband. Members of this small town have convicted Sam well before the jury has heard the case. So was Sam guilty or not? You’ll have to check it out for yourself.
Here is what a few of our book group thought.
“It wasn’t at the bottom, but it was pretty close” in reference to the other titles we have read this year. Mystery Book Club member
Anna, Mystery Book Club member shares her Amazon review. “I found this book too well written to rate less than three stars but to contrived to enjoy. Sandrine and Sam, the deceased wife and her husband, on trial for her murder deserved one another – I did not. I managed to drag myself through to the end only because this was my book group’s monthly selection. If you like character studies or are in a relationship that has slowly lost all passion and potential-or maybe if you are just in need of a soporific (I use this word to convey a small sense of the writing and action), you may find it useful.”
Another member ” highly recommended” reading Thomas Cook’s Instrument of Night. Dennis said he could not put it down. This is a story of a crime writer who is obsessed with his teenage sister’s death some forty years earlier.
Check back soon to hear what The Mystery Book Club thinks of the non-fiction selection The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson or Isaac’s Storm also by Erik Larson.
Feel free to join us – we welcome new members. The Mystery Book Club meets the third Thursday of each month at the John Barton Payne Building at noon.